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27th Jan '17 2:13:43 PM ProfessorDetective
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* ''Series/BreakingBad'': Hector "Tio" Salamanca is confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak in his old age (possibly from a stroke). He presses a bell attached to his wheelchair arm once for "yes" and does not press it for "no." This unusual method of communication is used for several humorous scenes as he tries to convey his meaning to other characters, but is sometimes used more dramatically, as he reveals he knows more than his senile appearance lets on.

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'': Hector "Tio" Salamanca is confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak in his old age (possibly from a stroke). He presses a bell attached to his wheelchair arm once for "yes" and does not press it for "no." This unusual method of communication is used for several humorous scenes as he tries to convey his meaning to other characters, characters but is sometimes used more dramatically, as he reveals he knows more than his senile appearance lets on.



* The pilot of ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' had Mac using this with a woman suffering from locked in syndrome. Unfortunately, she had a stroke before he could finish questioning her. This was an inversion of the standard code as Mac choose to have two blinks mean "yes" and one mean "no".

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* The pilot of ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' had Mac using this with a woman suffering from locked in locked-in syndrome. Unfortunately, she had a stroke before he could finish questioning her. This was an inversion of the standard code as Mac choose to have two blinks mean "yes" and one mean "no".



* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Finch is shown communicating with the Machine in its early days via this method, using the vibration-tone setting on his mobile.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E01IThinkImGonnaLikeItHere "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" (S09, Ep01)]], Dean has Crowley locked in the trunk of the Impala. He asks Crowley to knock once for yes and two for no, and then asks Crowley if he is alive.
* In ''Series/StrangerThings'' a character trapped in a strange place is able to communicate with others by manipulating electrical currents. He initially uses this method with a set of lights until a slightly more sophisticated means of communication is devised.

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Finch is shown communicating with the Machine in its early days via this method, using the vibration-tone vibration setting on his mobile.
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* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E01IThinkImGonnaLikeItHere "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" (S09, Ep01)]], Dean has Crowley locked in the trunk of the Impala. He asks Crowley to knock once for yes and two for no, no and then asks Crowley if he is alive.
* In ''Series/StrangerThings'' a character trapped in a strange place is able to communicate with others by manipulating electrical currents. He initially uses this method with a set string of Christmas lights until a slightly more sophisticated means of communication is devised.



* "Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me/ Twice on the pipe if the answer is no..." - the classic [[TheSixties late 60s hit]] "Knock Three Times" by Tony Orlando and Dawn, prevents the "yes yes" dilema by using different objects for yes and no.

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* "Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me/ Twice on the pipe if the answer is no..." - the classic [[TheSixties late 60s hit]] "Knock Three Times" by Tony Orlando and Dawn, prevents the "yes yes" dilema dilemma by using different objects for yes and no.
11th Jan '17 7:43:31 PM nombretomado
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* In the Creator/LordPeterWimsey novel ''Strong Poison'', Miss Climpson fakes a seance, as an excuse to search the house of a dying woman for a will that Lord Peter suspects will contain incriminating evidence.

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* In the Creator/LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey novel ''Strong Poison'', Miss Climpson fakes a seance, as an excuse to search the house of a dying woman for a will that Lord Peter suspects will contain incriminating evidence.
14th Dec '16 2:35:02 PM LDSTroper1
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* The ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "All's Whale That Ends Whale" features a trained whale. When Baloo and Kit disocver that the whale's sleazy trainer has been mistreating him, the trainer alters the whale's responses to keep from losing his meal ticket.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "All's Whale That Ends Whale" features a trained whale. When Baloo and Kit disocver discover that the whale's sleazy trainer has been mistreating him, the trainer alters the whale's responses to keep from losing his meal ticket.
25th Nov '16 8:13:50 AM BoyNinja
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** In a Treehouse of Horror episode ("The Diving Bell and The Butterball"), Homer is paralyzed completely by a black widow bite and has to listen to Lisa talk too much until it occurs to him he can stop her...by farting. After a little while, Lisa discovers she can translate the number of farts into letters, instead of the usual yes or no. They end up writing a long letter to Marge.
18th Aug '16 8:34:56 AM Dimensio
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* In ''Series/StrangerThings'' a character trapped in a strange place is able to communicate with others by manipulating electrical currents. He initially uses this method with a set of lights until a slightly more sophisticated means of communication is devised.
14th Aug '16 10:00:53 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Superintendent Municipal AI in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}: ODST'' can only communicate via pre-recorded audio city notices and traffic signs. For example, when attempting to ask marines to not blow up a bridge, it asks them to 'Keep It Clean, Respect Public Property'. When faced with the eventuality that the Covenant would soon be accessing it's datacenter, the AI releases the bridge controls and ironically responds 'Bridge Toll Accepted, Have a Pleasant Trip.'

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* The New Mombasa's Superintendent Municipal AI in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}: ODST'' ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' can only communicate via pre-recorded audio city notices and traffic signs. For example, when attempting to ask marines to not blow up a bridge, it asks them to 'Keep It Clean, Respect Public Property'. When faced with the eventuality that the Covenant would soon be accessing it's its datacenter, the AI releases the bridge controls and ironically responds 'Bridge Toll Accepted, Have a Pleasant Trip.'
10th Jul '16 6:05:18 PM eroock
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* A cruel variation in ''Film/TheRevenant'', where Fitzgerald asks Glass, who is paralyzed, if he can MercyKill. All he had to do is blink. And then he stares at Glass until the latter is forced to blink and then proceeds to try and kill him.

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* A cruel variation in ''Film/TheRevenant'', where Fitzgerald asks Glass, who is paralyzed, if he can MercyKill.wanted to be {{mercy kill}}ed. All he had to do is blink. And then he stares at Glass until the latter is forced to blink and then proceeds to try and kill him.
10th Jul '16 6:04:20 PM eroock
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* A cruel variation in ''Film/TheRevenant'', where Fitzgerald asks Glass, who is paralyzed, if he can MerciKill. All he had to do is blink. And then he stares at Glass until the latter is forced to blink and then proceeds to try and kill him.

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* A cruel variation in ''Film/TheRevenant'', where Fitzgerald asks Glass, who is paralyzed, if he can MerciKill.MercyKill. All he had to do is blink. And then he stares at Glass until the latter is forced to blink and then proceeds to try and kill him.
10th Jul '16 6:03:45 PM eroock
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* A cruel variation in ''Film/TheRevenant'', where Fitzgerald asks Glass, who is paralyzed, if he can MerciKill. All he had to do is blink. And then he stares at Glass until the latter is forced to blink and then proceeds to try and kill him.
11th Apr '16 1:31:40 PM towercurator
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* In ''Literature/VoidDomain'', when Arachne hides as a small spider on Eva's person, tapping her left shoulder is no while right shoulder is yes.
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